With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, Through fascinating vignettes and honest, vivid descriptions, Dettwyler explores. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons “Q&A with the Author” in which Dettwyler responds to typical questions she has. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, Katherine Dettwyler is an anthropologist who’s been working and conducting.

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I first read it around or for a World Food Problems class at Baylor, but I kept my copy because the story was so compelling, and I recently had the chance to reread it strictly for pleasure.

Dettwyler was there doing a study of the people there related to children health in Mali.

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa by Katherine A. Dettwyler

The s An assignment for my medical anthropology class, this book infuriated me on so many levels that I feel compelled to detfwyler a pretty lengthy review on it. Other editions – View all Dancing Skeletons: Don’t have an account? My library Help Advanced Book Search. She did her study back in the eighties though; I wonder if the food situation in Mali, in terms of what’s available, has changed in the twenty years since.


Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates important messages involving the sobering aspects of conducting fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa.

More memoir than ethnography.

Other stories are heartrending. She is the author of many other scholarly articles. In the latter case—social services would take the child from the mother immediately.

Life and Death in West Africa, and the co-editor of Breastfeeding: Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Mali is a country with less-than-adequate medical facilities and education on the best practises for proper healthcare. Katherine A Dettwyler Find more information about: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Dancing skeletons : life and death in West Africa

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. Dettwyler Snippet view – The E-mail message field is required. I understand, by nature, it’s impossible to truly be an objective observer, but this took that to one extreme. Life and Death in West Africa” is an amazing ethnography fettwyler covers many aspects of life in Western Africa.

Life and Death in West Africa is a Sep 18, Jeanne Mitchell rated it it was amazing. There’s also a very tense, poignant chapter where skeletos talks about how her daughter nearly died of drug-resistant malaria. Your rating has been recorded.


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English View all editions and formats Rating: Foley rated it really liked it Shelves: With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, engaging, and oftentimes dramatic stories that relate the author’s experiences conducting research on infant feeding and health in Mali.

Contents Return to the Field.

I gave it one star for her occasional rants on the benefits of breast-feeding and vaginal as opposed to elective c-section births. As an anthr I found this to be an amazing book and would recommend it. Dettwyler’s idea about nutrition education seems very sensible.

From refusing to eat traditional food for fear of getting sick to emotional rants about African traditions, Dettwyler’s assumes the classic role of an outsider and communicates African culture as “backward. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. dtetwyler